Head in the Cloud

Manual Cinema created Head in the Cloud for Pop-Up Magazine, a “live magazine” presenting never-heard-before true stories in front of audiences across the country. The piece was created in collaboration with Jenna Wortham (New York Times Magazine staff writer), and combines shadow puppetry, live narration and an original score to tell the story of a man coping with long-term amnesia by “outsourcing” his memories to his smart phone.

Manual Cinema performed Head in the Cloud with the Pop-Up live tour in the Fall of 2015, traveling to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City.


Written and Narrated by Jenna Wortham
Puppet Design By Drew Dir
Mask Design by Julia Miller
Music and Sound Design by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
Music performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra
Puppetry by Drew Dir, Sam Deutsch, Kara Davidson, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller

Photo by Dave Cerf